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Kristoffer Hess

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  • Voyages of the White Skull Book 1

  • By: Jason Alan Jones
  • Narrated by: Karesa McElheny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Imagine a future where the fate of humanity is ruled by the vile and unforgiving government. Executions of the poor become daily occurrences in order to make more room for the wealthy and the children of a new generation. A questionable agenda has been given to a dark, unforeseeable future, and the hope of the people rests in the unsure success of a starship named the Horizon. The search for humanity's new home has begun.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-paced Sci-Fi Adventure

  • By Kristoffer Hess on 02-06-19

Fast-paced Sci-Fi Adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-19

An original dark science fiction universe with unique in-depth characters that are interesting to learn about with unexpected twists that kept me interested. The author did a great job balancing background information to get you familiar with the universe with what the main character knows, it really set the stage for a plausible sci-fi universe considering what occurred. It has a great mix of fast-paced action and drama that feels relevant and not forced to meet a check box. I am hopeful there will be a sequel to experience more in this universe.

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  • Humanity's Edge

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Paul B Kohler
  • Narrated by: Wayne Mitchell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

The Crazed are flesh-hungry monsters. Can civilization survive...and escape from the edge of humanity? Three books of non-stop zombie action that audiences are calling "fresh" with "dollops of violence" to satisfy even the most discriminating post-apocalyptic fan. From an Amazon best-selling author.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An honest review

  • By W. Pierce on 01-01-19

Original Zombie Apocalypse Ideas but Rough

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This series has a lot of original seeming takes on the zombie apocalypse by adding mystery and sci-fi elements in it's plot that were great in adding substance to the more predictable aspects of surviving a zombie apocalypse but there were also some parts difficult to keep listing through. Some parts just aren't believable like the negative opinion of the military that is a theme throughout the books. Some character's actions seem counter to the character the author created and the actions they take seem to only be taken to create drama throughout the book that doesn't make sense. The narrator did a great job with male characters, especially in fast pace action scenes, but not as great of a job with female characters throughout much of the book. Overtime I became more interested in the sci-fi elements, which is where the series strength in originality lies, than the characters and their goals.

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  • The Rectify Series (2 Book Series)

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

This audiobook includes both books from the Rectify series. From Book 1: The virus CO-D4 rages across the globe with debilitating effects. Authorities, scientists and medical personnel scramble to find a cure. Those who fall victim to the virus, experience a fast and insufferable death and then they come back. From Book 2: When the CO-D4 virus rages across the globe, it not only leaves behind death and destruction, it creates three types of survivors. Those who want to see the infected die, those who want to help the sick, and those who want humanity to rise above it all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ground Control

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-10-19

Zombies From A Different Point of View

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

The strength of these two novels from Jacqueline Druga is the point views provided from medical professional and military survivors of a zombie apocalypse. If the world stabilized after a zombie virus then its possible that there would be people interested in trying to treat people recently turned if not out of their own interest then that of their families should they ever be infected. At the same time a military or policing effort to clear buildings of those turned would be essential unless we all wanted to simply live with zombies in the house next door waiting for them to break out in time. These books explore where those two themes conflict.

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  • Faulted

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

For the first time since his divorce, CJ will be able to take his son on a vacation. Along with his father, they make it a guys’ trip to the west coast. Little do they know their trip that is intended to be a lifetime of memories would include facing insurmountable odds. The lack of warning leaves everyone in the dark about what has occurred and vulnerable to all that unfolds. It doesn’t stop with the meteors. The disastrous events come one after another, a domino effect of annihilation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Planet is Deeply Impacted

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-19-19

A More Average Persons Survival Experience

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

One the things I like the most about book is how a majority of it focuses on the non-military or doomsday preppers, type of people that many people fall into. In many books the protagonists have a lot more cards in their favor when the world falls apart and while those books are exciting it was refreshing getting a more average set of characters. The combination of more average characters and natural disasters utilized to drive the narrative created a much more dramatic survival novel for me. The only criticism I have is in the last act so to speak the author leave out what could have a been almost an entire second novel in reaching the desired conclusion but overall I would say this was a enjoyable disaster novel.

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  • Cryptocurrency: 3 Manuscripts

  • Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchain
  • By: Matt Cohen
  • Narrated by: Eddie Leonard Jr.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In this comprehensive guide, you'll find everything you need to know about the blockchain technology, blockchain based applications, and interesting future developments. In this audiobook, you'll find everything you need to know about the Bitcoin world, Ethereum, and the blockchain technology. This audiobook will discuss everything that you need to know so that you can make an informed decision for your investments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot of Good Information in 4 Hours

  • By Kristoffer Hess on 01-20-19

A Lot of Good Information in 4 Hours

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

In listening to this group of audiobooks I learned a lot about the origin of concurrency, how to use it, how to mine it, common scams and the differences between big name cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. One distinction I learned is how Bitcoin is currency while Ethereum is more a like a currency/digital contract hybrid and they have fascinating background mechanics that allow them to work without middle men like banks and digital pay services. If you have any feeling vagueness or uncertainty when dealing with cryptocurrencies this a great set of audiobooks to learn the mechanics and much of the whose who in terms of cryptocurrency services.

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  • The Tanks of the World Wars

  • The History of Tank Warfare During World War I and World War II
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

One of the most important breakthroughs in military technology associated with World War I, and certainly the one that continues to capture the public imagination, was the introduction of a war machine that came to dominate the face of land battles throughout most of the 20th century: the tank. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brief History of Tanks

  • By Kristoffer Hess on 01-19-19

A Brief History of Tanks

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Whether your interested in tanks and want to learn about their history, tactics and importance in World War I and II or are just interested in World War I and II this is a great audiobook for both of those interests. This audiobook succinctly covers the origin of tanks, how they changed over World War I and II as well as how tactics changed over that period due to their advantages and disadvantages and how countries sought to use them. I really hope the author has made a similar book that covers after World War II to recent years.

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  • The British Army: The History and Legacy of the Army That Helped Establish the World’s Largest Empire

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

 The British Army: The History and Legacy of the Army That Helped Establish the World’s Largest Empire examines the various battles and events that the army played such crucial roles in over the centuries. You will learn about the British Army like never before. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly World War One and Two

  • By Kingsley on 01-02-19

A Fascinating Subject with a Rich History

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I’ve always liked learning about the history of different nations but Charles River Editor's book on England’s history does a spectacular job of highlighting the nuances of different eras. Many of the sources we learn about history from today, college courses or TV, glance over many of the details that differ from modern life and the given historical period leaving us with vague imagery of poor and hungry people but there are always many things going in technology, religion, politics, and the intersection of people lives that act like a spark whose impact are barely acknowledged but all adds up to things like the American revolution. I found that this audiobook had a great balance of how single people impact history to how large scale movements and religions were hurricanes of conflict sometimes for the status quo and sometimes change. One the things I enjoyed the most about this book is learning how the concept of England’s military changed from a monarch’s security force to almost a mercenary force and eventually to the modern notion of a professional military that is the standard for many countries today. If your interested in history I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Salvage Title

  • The Salvage Title Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Steverson
  • Narrated by: KC Johnston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

Harmon Tomeral wanted nothing more than to go to space. Sent to an orphanage when his parents were killed in a sandstorm, the odds were stacked against him. Despite that, he made it to the academy and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class...only to find out the fleet did what it wanted, regardless of regulations, and he came from the wrong planet. He didn’t give up his dream, though, because where there’s a will, there’s a loophole, and Harmon and his friends found their loophole in the Top Fleet Marine competition - the winner would get 100,000 credits....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Fun Ride

  • By Unknown on 12-12-18

Fun Sci-Fi w/ a Lot of Series Potential

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-19

KC Johnston's narration made this a fun science fiction to listen to with his distinct voice acting for each character and Kevin Steverson's writing style in this book is very lighthearted. My only real criticism is a lot seems handed to the main character in many of the situations the main character finds himself in which seems to guarantee him to win the day. To me this seemed to belittle the author's efforts to show the dedication and hard work the main character puts in to succeed when he is creating under dog situations. That aside this book really does make you want to continue with the series to learn if the little mysteries that are sprinkled throughout the book get answered with the main characters future journeys and his fun crew as it grows.

  • In the Devil's Own Words

  • By: E.M G Wixley
  • Narrated by: Clive Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Moving house has become a way of life for 15-year-old Isobel Miller; her father is an army major, her mother a middle-aged, pregnant, chain-smoking alcoholic. But the move to the village of Langham could be the straw that breaks the camel's back. To the truculent teenager it might as well be to Timbuktu. The only light in her miserable existence is her grandfather, storyteller elite, her savior. And when one of his macabre tales is mentioned in the local paper, Isobel is drawn into the depths of evil and devil worship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck doesn't this book have in it?

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

A Dark Adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

If I had to describe this series I would say its like a His Dark Materials/Chronicles of Narnia type fantasy series mixed with a large dash of horror. The voice acting by Clive Johnson was great although a bit fast for my taste. Even with that criticism in mind and thinking over the experience I think it added to the macabre horror ambiance. In short, this book is a exceptional macabre fantasy that is very well written and a solid start to a series that sucks you in.

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  • Astropithecus

  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Scott
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

An asteroid parks on Earth's orbit, and Alex Jones is sent to collect samples and figure it out. But the passenger is chatty, and his revelations are mind-blowing. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Astropithecus

  • By Tiffany on 01-23-19

Humorous Science Fiction

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I honestly wasn't expecting a lot from a 18 minute short story but if your into lighthearted science fiction you'll most likely get a chuckle or two from this. This is one of those experiences that an ability to suspend your disbelief makes it a quick fun experience because of the zany nature of what occurs in the short story and the voice acting by Ralph Scott complements that aspect of the short story very well.

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